The first leg was all about Jurgen Klopp returning to the Westfalenstadion and whether his new recruits could get one over the team he built. Liverpool came away from that encounter with a very creditable 1-1 draw and are now favourites to finish the job at Anfield.
Dortmund will take heart from their mauling of Spurs in the last round of the Europa League, even though the away leg was against a weakened Tottenham who decided to prioritise the league after a 3-0 loss in Germany.
In the Bundesliga, this season’s Dortmund are the only team in recent memory to have even given erstwhile champions Bayern Munich a chase, even if they currently stand seven points behind the Bavarian giants.
Thomas Tuchel, the man who once again followed in Jurgen Klopp’s footsteps, after following him at Mainz, is once again stepping out of his shadow. Tuchel claims that he is just building on the “fantastic foundations” that Klopp had left behind, but it is clear to all observers that his effect is far more than that. Borussia have scored 116 goals this season and are unbeaten since the winter break.
Tuchel likes to tailor his teams to suit their opponents so his knowledge of Klopp, and Klopp of his previous team, will mean that this will be an intriguing tactical battle between two very entertaining and attacking teams.
Liverpool have had a very up and down season, with some pointing out that statistically Klopp’s team have not fared much better than under his predecessor Brendan Rogers last year.
However, there is definitely a feeling of revival around Anfield and beating their hated rivals Manchester United in the last round of this Premier League season have definitely contributed to that. Now that Daniel Sturridge is back from injury and the likes of Divock Origi scoring fairly regularly, Klopp will have a nice headache about who he starts with in the second leg.